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When Floyd County built what Northwest Georgians know as State Mutual Stadium, there was a lot of talk about the potential for other growth around the stadium. It was the “build it and they will come” idea.

The annual Rome Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast was a huge success last month but Romans with a hankering for pancakes still have several additional opportunities to get their fill.

The Downtown Development Authority is seeking nominee for its annual awards which will be presented during the DDA Christmas meeting December 20 at the Courtyard by Marriott his year.

Amanda Farrell and her Farrell’s Frame and Design have completed the move from one end of Broad Street to the other. Her custom framing shop had been located at 116 Broad Street, in the Cotton Block, for several years but the condition of the building had deteriorated to the point where she …

Community leaders in Rome and Floyd County have been putting a great deal of emphasis on getting the word out to anyone who will listen about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census.

There was some good news this week for Northwest Georgia poultry farmers. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black revealed that China has once again opened its market to the industry in the United States.

The Georgia Department of Labor is aiding the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice in it’s bid to attract new correctional officers with a job fair later this month.

History is something that I have always been interested in and I’ve had a little trouble over the past week trying to put a label on a famous legend from merry ‘old England.

West Express had been a fixture on North Broad Street for 17 years before moving to 2739 Martha Berry Highway this summer, one of the out-parcels in from of Mount Berry Mall. Leighann Cobb, who owns the store along with William Terry, says that the business has grown tremendously since the move.

Economic development has been a front of the mind issues in Rome since a joint task force of local leaders started meeting almost two years ago to see if changes were needed to the way Rome goes about bringing new jobs to the community.

The Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of creating a new 18-hole frisbee golf course at the Shag Williams Park around the old Scout hut in Shannon.

Rome has been targeted by the founder of a new arena football league to host one of what is expected to be up to twelve franchises in the Spring of 2021.

The Barnsley Resort, hidden away on over 3,000 acres between Rome, Kingston and Cartersville has once again been named among the “Top 20 Resorts in the South” on the 2019 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Georgia Department of Labor is partnering with LG Hausys to host a job fair Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rome Career Center on Riverside Parkway.

In the modern newspaper era, it is somewhat unusual for a “beat” or “hard-news” reporter to have a regular column. There is a good reason for that. A column typically reflects a writer’s opinion on certain issues and as beat reporters, it is very important to be able to be objective when wri…

The frequency of contact between critters and humans can create situations where wildlife lose their innate fear of human beings. Frequently called "imprinting," the occurrence is well-documents.

Following the investigation of a complaint against Neaton Rome Inc, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has forced the auto parts manufacturer to reinstate and pay an employee $13,133 in lost wages as the federal labor probe determined that Neaton terminated the employee in…

Cartersville-based Phoenix Air has been awarded a 10-year federal contract by the U.S. Department of State to provide air ambulance services and air passenger services for U.S. diplomatic missions around the world.

RidgeBerry Property Management Company, a Rome-based company that launched in May 2017, is expanding its service offerings to meet the property management and real estate investment needs of Northwest Georgia.

Floyd County Master Gardeners will offer a free community workshop on "Flower Arranging" Saturday, Sept. 28.

Ashley (Ellington) Garner will return to her former post as the executive director of the Community Foundation for Greater Rome. Garner served as the foundation's original chief executive for several years until leaving the position in May of 2018.

The Bartow County Fire Marshal has shut down the Magnuson Countryside Inn, 100 Georgia North Cir. in Adairsville for multiple violation of the Life Safety code.

Scores of bicyclists will be riding through western Floyd County on September 28 on one of the weekend Bike Ride Across Georgia events.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources in encouraging Georgians to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Native Roman Stacy Brown will celebrate a huge homecoming Tuesday when she opens her own Chicken Salad Chick restaurant at 800 Martha Berry Boulevard.

Rome's Living & Giving Lifestyle, 401 Broad Street, owned and operated by Lisa Landry and Sheree White, has won a "Retailer Excellence Award" in the Store Events category.

Cloudland Canyon State Park in extreme Northwest Georgia has been honored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources with the agency's Natural Resource Enhancement Award.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering special instruction for outdoor enthusiast who would like to learn more about hunting.

Berry College associate professor of geology Tami J. Jovanelly is now featured in the Tough Girl podcast series.

The Rome Noon Optimist Club celebrated its 60th year of continuous service to our community last December. At that time it was the largest Optimist Club in the State of Georgia. Monday, the District Governor will be in town Monday to officially induct the 100th member of the club.

Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful will participate in the annual Great Georgia Pollinator Census on Friday, August 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

DeSoto State Park on Lookout Mountain will host a moonlight paddle on the Little River Friday, August 16.

The Rome Chapter of the Southern Cruisers (Motorcycle) Riding Club will be Cruisin’ for St. Jude from Rome on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Last week, volunteers spent an entire day on a bus touring Rome and Floyd County to score the amount of litter they saw. The results of that tour have been tabulated and the measurement of litter is a little worse than it was a year ago.

The Rome Building Inspection office is currently reviewing plans for a new Dollar Tree which will be located in the building that formerly housed Rite Aid drug store at 2005 Maple Avenue, near East 20th Street.

Fresh Georgia peaches and Washington cherries will be delivered to Rome on Thursday, July 25. The Fresh Farms truck will be at the Tractor Supply, 420 Cartersville Highway from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

The annual Chieftains/Major Ridge Home Low-Country Boil and Barbecue will move from the Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill to the Palladium on the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds Friday, August 9.

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